In Summary
  • Toto, former leader of Toddy International Band, died at Kenyatta National Hospital from an internal head injury he suffered from a fall at his Jerusalem Estate house in Nairobi.
  • Benga music producer George Ouma of Jojo Records said his family members were making arrangements to have his body moved from Montezuma Funeral Home in Nairobi on September 26.
  • Toto leaves behind a widow, Jacinta Juma, and two children, Calvin Ochieng and Rosemary Juma.

Veteran musician Laban Juma Toto, who died in Nairobi a fortnight ago, will be buried next Saturday at his rural home in Gem, Siaya County.

Toto, former leader of Toddy International Band, died at Kenyatta National Hospital from an internal head injury he suffered from a fall at his Jerusalem Estate house in Nairobi.

He is best remembered for his entertainment prowess from the 1960s.

Speaking to the Nation on Wednesday, benga music producer George Ouma of Jojo Records said his family members were making arrangements to have his body moved from Montezuma Funeral Home in Nairobi on September 26.

Thereafter, there will be a church service at St Stephen’s ACK church on Jogoo Road in Nairobi.

FUNDRAISER

Various artistes, including veteran David Amunga and John Katana, the band leader of Them Mushrooms, have been involved in making the funeral arrangements.

Until his death on September 10, the soft-spoken 70-year-old was the chairman of the Kenya Musicians Union (Kemu).

“The family will hold a fundraiser next Tuesday at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi from 5pm,” Mr Ouma said.

As a mark of respect for his fans in Eastlands, where Toto spent most of his musical career since moving to Nairobi in the late 1960s, his body will be taken for an overnight stay at his Jerusalem Estate house next Thursday.

The cortege will leave on Friday morning for the burial on Saturday at Lihanda, Gem, Siaya County.

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